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21 March 2008 @ 10:43 pm
Is it just me?  
...or does this pic make you go wtf?

This ad is part of an AIDS/STD awareness campaign. Another in the series depicts a woman slumped down on a couch with a giant tarantula going down on her. There's been all this talk about kink happening at this journal, but is this really effective marketing? It mostly just creeps me out. And makes me wonder if that's what it's like to screw Illyria  *shudder*

mere ubu: faith wtf?mere_ubu on March 22nd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I'll see your shudder and raise you a wiggins. Sweet zombie Jesus! :O

I guess they're, what? Taking humanity out of the equation and encouraging people to only view their partners as sources of virulence? Mostly I think it's just going to freak people out.

Somehow I think Illyria would be even handsier.
ClawofCat: Illyriafaceclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Somehow I think Illyria would be even handsier.
I also think she'd be a top.

The thing is though... I sort of can't stop looking at it, especially the little identations the legs make on the guys body. It's as if he's fucking poor Gregor from Kafka's Metamorphosis.
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ClawofCat: angel stareclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I've never seen or read Naked Lunch. Dare I ask? Bill Burroughs was pretty cracked.

On the other hand.. dude has a nice caboose
Points for that, at least. So, does that mean only pretty, model types get STDs? And that scorpions like to hang out in Spartan bedrooms? I'll be sure to avoid both in the future.
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ClawofCat: Seriously?clawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Cronenberg, yeah?
Ooooh, Cronenberg. That makes a world of sense, what with his whole thing about body transformations. Last semester I was taking the "Anthropology of Media" and I was introduced to his work like "The Fly" and "Videodrome." Holy shit. A guy whose stomach turns into a vagina fucking himself with a gun? That's some sort of crazy genius perversity. Hm, I need to put "Dead Ringers" on my Netflix queue.
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ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Duly noted! I'll proceed with caution. I do like Jeremy Irons =)
eowyn_315: jack thiseowyn_315 on March 22nd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
NO idea what the intent is, marketing-wise, but I bet $20 that someone manips Spike's head on there within a week. :)
mere ubu: jm_stillasleepmere_ubu on March 22nd, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Bwahahahaaa! Yer funny.
eowyn_315: snorfleeowyn_315 on March 22nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
ClawofCat: Laughclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
LMAO. I think you'd win that bet. Any takers? *looks around* What would the story be behind such an encounter?

"Slow day at the office, went down to the sub-basement. Found a bloke to shag. I wasn't feeling picky?"
eowyn_315: Capt. John poodleseowyn_315 on March 22nd, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
You need a STORY to go along with your Spike-fucking-a-scorpion manip? Can't we just figure Spike would shag anything? :) Wait... that's JM's OTHER role...
playfuldancerplayfuldancer on March 22nd, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
yes yes WTF hardcore - like seriously is that really supposed to be effective other than making people squirm and not about the intended message. I'd be uncomfortable about the whole bug thing and forget about what the ad was for!!!!

But yes to quote my friend Nice Caboose :P
ClawofCat: pondersclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Well, it was produced by a French ad firm. Perhaps we can chalk it up to their wacky sensibilities?
flake_sakeflake_sake on March 22nd, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
And makes me wonder if that's what it's like to screw Illyria *shudder*
Heh! :)

I guess it works as an add to get attention. The image is so icky that it stays in the mind for a while.
ClawofCat: faith downcastclawofcat on March 22nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Very true! It seems more and more ads, especially fashion ads, go for shock value. It got my attention enough to post about it, but it's a sad message when you're meant to villianize or "monsterfy" people with AIDS/STDs. Sometimes it's a matter of carelessness, but sometimes people are victims too. Not exactly the most positive sentiment about humanity.
flake_sakeflake_sake on March 22nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I think the thought behind it must have been to monsterfy the illness itself and the dangers of unprotected sex but you are of course right. It does villianize the sick persons too, which is not exactly helpful.